Tushar Arothe, the former India Women coach, was arrested on Tuesday (April 2) along with 18 others in Vadodara in connection with Indian Premier League betting reported the ANI.
“We arrested Tushar Arothe along with 18 other persons during a raid at a café,” JS Jadeja, DCP Crime Branch Vadodara, was quoted as saying to ANI. “Their phones and vehicles have been seized.”
Arothe was India’s coach when the team made it to the 2017 World Cup final in England, which they lost by nine runs. He had taken over a few months earlier when some senior players wanted a change in coach and Purnima Rau was sacked despite producing good results.
Arothe’s first assignment was the quadrangular series in South Africa, which India won. After the World Cup, Arothe was given a two-year contract which is unprecedented in the history of women’s cricket in India. He, however, resigned after a series of poor results which includes losses to Australia and England at home, and to Bangladesh in the Twenty20 Asia Cup final.
Arothe has been associated with women’s cricket since 2009 when he became the fielding coach, and then later became the head coach for the home series against Bangladesh soon after the 2013 World Cup.
A Ranji Trophy winner with Baroda in 2000-01, he played 114 first-class matches for 6105 runs and 225 wickets from 1985-86 to 2003-04. Arothe also played 51 List A matches where he represented West Zone.
The 52-year-old’s son, Rishi, is a current member of the Baroda team.